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The Student Sustainability Task Force will host a conference Jan. 28-30 in the Rensselaer Union.
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Newly Formed Student Sustainability Task Force To Host Conference
In an effort to address and discuss sustainability initiatives on the Rensselaer campus and nationwide, the newly formed Student Sustainability Task Force will host a kick-off event and conference Jan. 28-30. The program, titled “What’s Your Vision? Changing the Climate at RPI,” will focus on topics related to recycling, composting, and renewable energy. The event will be held in conjunction with Focus The Nation, the largest teach-in in U.S. history involving more than 1,000 colleges and universities in all 50 states.

Focus The Nation has created a teach-in model centered on the three most essential pillars for today’s youth to embrace solutions to global warming: education, civic engagement, and leadership, according to the organization.

The three-day event will be held in the Rensselaer Union and other campus locations. The program will feature a series of round-table discussions, poster presentations, movie screenings, local and organic foods, and a live concert. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Roger Saillant, president and chief executive officer of Plug Power, will serve as a guest speaker during a luncheon that will be held at the Terra Café, located on the second floor in the Russell Sage Dining Hall. Salliant is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m.

“The awareness of sustainability becoming engrained within the culture of the campus may help to foster opportunities to discuss and implement changes in policy and procedures,” says Ben Cohen, a graduate student and one of the task force founders. “The formation of a task force serves as an ideal forum where members of the campus, local community, and civic leaders can express their concerns and ideas regarding sustainability issues locally and beyond in an effort to implement long-lasting changes.”

More than 30 members of the Rensselaer campus community (including students, faculty, staff, and administrators) and several Rensselaer Union student organizations serve on the task force. Following the inaugural event, throughout the semester, members will continue to hold a series of open forum discussions to give updates on the planning process and to solicit additional ideas and feedback.

For information regarding the program, contact Ella Braco via e-mail at bracoe@rpi.edu.
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Volume 2, Number 1, January 17, 2008
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